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Old 07-29-2008, 06:22 PM   #11
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Talking Red's Tamales

Well, I don't have a recipe, but it was a little beef in a spiced paste surrounded by Masa and wrapped in a paper "husk." It had to be cheap, they sold for a nickel in the middle '50s when I was in grammar school. They didn't use pork because beef was cheaper back then.

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Old 11-28-2008, 11:02 PM   #12
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Red's Tamales? Used to have them all the time - I would like to find out if they are still being made somewhere - The Girabaldi frozen tamales sort of taste like them and they are sold at Casper's Hot Dogs in the Bay Area - there is a Caspers in Fremont. They are good and Casper's used to have a great chili gravy to go on top or is that the chili I am remembering? They are great with crackers or fritos on top too - mmmmm food of the Gods!

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Old 11-29-2008, 07:53 AM   #13
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Red's Tamales

OK, thanks. I'll try the Garabaldi tamales. There are lots of good eats I had as a kid in the '40s and '50s that you never see any more. I think Red's were bought out by someone who trashed the brand, like Eagle nuts and Mother's Cookies. I was in the Safeway the other day and saw a shelf without Mother's Cookies. How sad!
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:26 PM   #14
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Wow this thread brought in some new people!

Welcome, anitaob, Have fork will travel, StormyMarina, bobbyrob70, honeyb and Seank!

Back on topic, I never tried Red's Tamales. I guess I moved to the Bay Area too late.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:09 AM   #15
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I'd like to taste Red Tamales but I am quite sure I won't find them in Italy.. will you please describe me their taste please?
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:34 PM   #16
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I too remember, "If it's Tuesday, It Must Be Red's Tamale Day". In the "East Bay" almost every Tuesday through the late 50's and 60's was Red's Day at our house! We used to get fresh take out (not frozen or canned) I think I remember them being on East 49th St. Also there was, "Don't Cook Tonight - Call Chicken Delight" with their cool VW Bug delivery cars c/w a Big Chicken on top and the "Ye Olde Pizza Parlour" in Hayward. Places like these defined fast food back in the day. I'm sure they were all replaced by Taco Bell, Colonel Sanders and Pizza Hut. I even remember when A&W Root Beer could only be bought in "Draft" containers at the local drive up (Lights on for service). Some of the "Old Days" really were good!
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:40 PM   #17
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Oh sure, I remember Red's Tamales...they were yummy. Not much like real tamales, of course, but we used to eat them all the time when I was growing up. And my mother-in-law (first practice husband - long, long ago) also used to make a casserole out of the Hormel canned tamales. She'd add corn, sliced olives and grated cheese on top. Pretty darned good.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:12 PM   #18
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Red's Tamales and change of subject

Didn't taste like real tamales, eh? Well, wadda expect for a nickel?

Now, in the previous couple of posts was a mention of the "Ye Olde Pizza Joynt" in San Lorenzo. They had a fire a couple of years ago - or maybe more. Now the place is an equipment rental business and the YOPJ and it's organ are gone. My wife and I were talking about it last night. Next to Camilos in Irvington (long gone), it was the best pizza I've ever had.

Anyone know if they re-opened somewhere else, or did they just fold shop. Google doesn't appear to provide any clues.


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Old 04-23-2009, 04:20 PM   #19
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Wink Follow the red bouncing ball.......

I remember getting Red's Tamales at the Island or Alameda Drive-Ins back in the early 60's. They had meat in them then...not just some red paste. (You poor souls missed the good ones.) They were quite good. The last time I ate them was at Garfield (Martin L King) Jr High School in Berkeley in 1968. They disappeared. Sir Sedley (Bruce Sedley) came up with their catchy slogan.
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Old 04-23-2009, 04:45 PM   #20
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i've had Tamales at South Of The Border hotter than hades!

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